LTE- Advanced: It's Closer Than You Think

4G

As the UK and Europe commits to 4G (LTE) technology, its successor LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) is already waiting in the wings to deliver the equivalent of a fixed-line broadband experience to the end user, promising peak data rates of around 3 Gbps.

LTE Subscribers to Exceed 100 Million Globally in 2013

IHS iSuppli Special Report Jan 2013

LTE subscribers are projected to surpass the 100-million mark this year and will reach 198.1 million in 2013, up 115% from 92.3 million last year, according to an IHS iSuppli Wireless Communications Special Report.

500K Outdoor Small Cells to be Deployed in 2013

ABI Research

ABI Research has forecasted that outdoor small cells will reach 500,000 units in 2013 in its latest report on outdoor small cells and carrier Wi-Fi Market Data. 1W and below small cell class will represent almost two-thirds of unit shipments in 2013, and continue to grow to overtake the higher power 5-10W microcell shipments during 2014.

GSA: 145 LTE Networks in Commercial Service

GSA Report Jan 2013

GSA has confirmed that 145 operators have launched commercial services in 66 countries so far. GSA further reports that 104 new operators have committed to invest in LTE network deployments in 2012, raising the total number of committed operators to 330 in 104 countries.

CES 2013: ZTE Announces 5.0 FHD Quad-core Smartphone Grand S

ZTE Grand S

ZTE has announced the world debut of the ZTE Grand S – 5.0 FHD LTE at 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As the flagship handset in ZTE’s high-end Grand Series line of products, the ZTE Grand S is the company’s first FHD smartphone and is enabled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. 

ABI Research: 103M LTE Mobile Devices, 2M Femtocell Units Shipped in 2012

ABI Research

According to a new ABI Research finding, an estimated 103 Million 4G LTE mobile devices were shipped in 2012. Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones provided LTE-enabled handset shipments a substantial lift in 2012. LTE-enabled handset contribution was put to 91 million in 2012 and the balance came from other mobile devices.

Smartphone Users By The Number

As global LTE smartphone shipments are expected to grow threefold to reach 275 million units in 2013, other 3GPP technologies are also driving many fold increase in smartphone numbers in coming years.

Evolution of Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC)

SRVCC

Along with LTE introduction, 3GPP also standardized Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) in Release 8 specifications to provide seamless continuity when an UE handovers from LTE coverage (E-UTRAN) to UMTS/GSM coverage (UTRAN/GERAN).

LTE Smartphone Shipments to Grow Threefold Globally in 2013

4G

Global LTE smartphone shipments will grow threefold to reach 275 million units in 2013, reports Strategy Analytics. 90.9 million units are expected to be shipped in 2012.  Company forecasts that it will be a record year for 4G technology.

TeliaSonera Celebrates Three Years of 4G LTE in Sweden

Telia 4G

TeliaSonera's 4G network is now three year old. Operator launched first commercial 4G LTE in Stockholm and Oslo on 14 December 2009. Since 2009, TeliaSonera has expanded its network across the country and now covers almost 700 cities throughout Sweden. Earlier last fall, operator completed two years of Gothenburg and Malmö's 4G network.

North America Adds 19M LTE Subscriptions in 12 Months

Global LTE Connections - Q3 2012

LTE subscriptions in North America has soared to 22.3 million, a increase of almost 19 million in 12 months at the end of the 3Q 2012. This represents 51 percent of all 43.7 million LTE connections worldwide, reports 4G Americas. 128 commercial LTE networks have been launched in 58 countries to date.

Report: 98% of Mobile Operators See Small Cells Essential for Networks

According to a latest small-cell market status report by Informa Telecoms & Media, 98% of mobile operator respondents believe small cells are essential for the future of their networks. Results are based on a survey with 280 respondents from around the world, although focused on Asia, Europe and North America and more than 30% of whom were operators.

Telsyte: LTE to Make Half of Mobile Services in Australia by 2016

4G

Nearly half of all mobile connections in Australia will belong to 4G LTE by mid-2016, reports Telsyte, an Australian independent emerging technology analyst firm. Telsyte estimates 46 per cent of total mobile connections will be 4G by mid-2016 and in some cases will provide an alternative solution to fixed-line broadband.

Ericsson: LTE to Account for 10% of All Mobile Subscriptions in Latin America By 2018

Ericsson MINI-LINK

According to the new Ericsson Mobility Report, LTE will account for some 10 percent (approximately 90 million) of all mobile subscriptions in Latin America by 2018. Company says that 14 million new mobile subscriptions were recorded in Q3 for a total of 676 million and estimates that another 230 million mobile subscriptions will be added by 2018.

Introduction of Relay Nodes in LTE-Advanced

Relaying

For efficient heterogeneous network planning, 3GPP LTE-Advanced has introduced concept of Relay Nodes (RNs). The Relay Nodes are low power eNodeBs that provide enhanced coverage and capacity at cell edges.  One of the main benefits of relaying is to provide extended LTE coverage in targeted areas at low cost.


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